Italian media have suggested that Inter Milan have now reached the same level that they had when they won the Serie A title under Antonio Conte.
Today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, make the comparison.
In each of the past few seasons, there has been little doubt that Inter have been among the top teams in Serie A.
Since the 2017-18 campaign, the Nerazzurri have finished in the top four every season.
But only once during that time have Inter gone all the way and won the title. In the others, there has seemingly been something missing to reach that rarefied level and become champions.
The last time Inter got their hands on the Scudetto was in the 2020-21 season. Ex-Juventus, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur coach Conte was in charge at that time.
In the two subsequent seasons under SImone Inzaghi, the Nerazzurri have attempted to follow that up.
But they’ve fallen short. Very narrowly to AC Milan in 2021-22, and then well in the dust of Napoli last time around.
Italian Media Argue Inter Have Reached Same Level As Title-Winning Side Under Conte
Numerically speaking, the Gazzetta note that Inter have had their best start to a campaign in some time this time around.
The Nerazzurri have average 2.55 points per match over the first eleven fixtures of the season.
That is a better pace than the team had been on under Conte when they won the title.
And it puts Inter on pace to finish with the best points total since Conte won the title with Juventus in the 2012-13 campaign.
That is, of course, if the Nerazzurri can keep it up at this rate.
Meanwhile, that is also the same pace that Inter had started the 2006-07 season with under Roberto Mancini.
More than the numbers, however, there is the question of the feeling around the team.
And in the view of the Gazzetta, Inter have a similar atmosphere to that which they did in the 2020-21 season.
That time around, the obsession with winning the title was all-consuming. Inter hadn’t done so in nearly a decade at that time.
And it’s the same now, the newspaper suggests.
Whilst Inter are also keeping one eye on other competitions, they are more obsessed than ever with finally winning the title after a couple seasons of big disappointment.